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Kerala: Congress protests against CM Pinarayi Vijayan demanding his resignation over gold smuggling case

The leaders of the Congress party on Friday staged a protest against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan demanding his resignation over the gold smuggling case.

Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly VD Satheesan has alleged that the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) government is trying to threaten the people ready to give evidence against CM Vijayan by lodging new cases against them.

“They are trying to threaten the persons who are ready to give evidence against the Chief Minister and the government. And the government sent the vigilance to another accused and he was kidnapped. His phone was snatched and he was released without relating to any case. Now a team of 12 police officers has been constituted to enquire into the conspiracy against the government,” Satheesan said.

“What is the meaning of this? They are threatening the people who are ready to give evidence against the government. That is the only reason they are doing these things. This is because the government is scared,” he added.

This comes amid the major stir in Kerala over the revelation made by Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case, on Thursday.

Swapna had on Thursday approached the High Court seeking anticipatory bail over the complaint lodged by former minister KT Jaleel.

Jaleel had filed a police complaint against allegations levelled by Kerala gold smuggling case prime accused Swapna Suresh.

According to the former minister, there is a conspiracy hatched by Swapna Suresh and former MLA PC George, and BJP. “Allegations against me are baseless. This is a BJP and UDF conspiracy. They are trying to tarnish the image of the existing government. This conspiracy should be investigated,” he had said.

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